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The Permanency Support Program supports safety, wellbeing and positive life outcomes for children and young people in the child protection and OOHC systems in NSW.
It does this by providing tailored services to vulnerable children so that they can grow up in stable, secure and loving homes.
The program brings together government and non-government partners to work together in the best interests of children.
Amendments to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and Adoption Act 2000 now support permanency for children and families.
Read a complete list of acronyms and definitions used in permanency
Evidence demonstrates a permanent, safe and loving home gives a child or young person a better chance at leading an independent, successful life as an adult. Achieving permanency for children and young people is the priority.
The Permanency Support Program has four objectives:
Under the Permanency Support Program, caseworkers work with a child and the people who love and care for that child, to identify the best permanency goal - and to attain that goal within two years.
Permanency has four dimensions:
Permanent placement principles are embedded in NSW law, to ensure every child or young person in the child protection or out of home care systems can achieve permanency.
The principles of placing a child or young person as close as possible to their family and community connections is also built into the NSW Practice Framework and the Permanency Case Management Policy.
Under the Permanency Support Program, Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and Permanency Support Program (PSP) providers have a different role and set of responsibilities. However, they must work together to identify, review and decide upon each child or young person's case plan goal, to secure a permanent home.
The PSP funding model sets out new expectations of the sector including:
27 Feb 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.